The girls don’t miss a beat in this desert sequel. They start right where they left off, crying and yelling at the dinner table. Brandi is still drunk and surprisingly we still feel, just a little, bad for Kyle. Kyle excuses herself from the table to have a good cry and Yolanda hears her tears and gives her support in the form of a hug and a few nice words.
The girls take the tram to the top of a mountain and Brandi gets ‘motion sick.’ She doesn’t like heights or motion sickness, that’s why she has to sit on the floor of the tram as it heads upward. Obviously, it’s got nothing to do with the amount of alcohol she drank the night before.
Yolanda and Lisa leave, but not before asking Brandi if she will be okay with the rest of the crew. Almost immediately Brandi’s attitude changes and she becomes the most agreeable person on the show. She cooks dinner for everyone; during the second dinner there is not a single fight. Even Kyle is being extraordinarily nice, in a way we haven’t seen before. But don’t get too excited, Brandi’s phone rings and just like before, she steals the show.
Her assistant tells of a break-in at Brandi’s. The most distressing part- Brandi’s dog Chica has gone missing. Brandi mentions that this is the second time her dog has gone missing while the assistant was in charge; are we the only ones putting two and two together? Bathroom window broken, nothing taken, but the dog is missing. Joyce states that she lost a dog once where Brandi snaps, saying life isn’t always a competition. Congratulations Joyce, you just annoyed Brandi, and EVERYBODY else yet again. Is it wrong that we want to tell her to shup up and tie up her hair?
Brandi goes up and we’re left with fingers crossed that Chica is found-assistant-less.
Joyce falls asleep and Brandi shaves those long dark brown locks, the rest of the world reJOYces.
Yolanda leaves the show, nobody ever fights.
Chica was hiding under the couch the whole time, Brandi’s assistant is fired.
FOXSeth Cohen (Adam Brody) defined "geek chic" during The O.C.'s four-season run, without a doubt. But where would he have been without Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), his brother-from-another-mother? While Seth hardly stops talking long enough to breathe, Ryan is insular and brooding. He's fond of punching people. He wears a hoodie like it's his job. But he's also fiercely protective of his foster family and even known to occasionally crack a joke. (Usually at Seth's expense.) He's Jordan Catalano, just less disaffected. Help us appreciate Chino's finest export, won't you?
He loves the Cohens. Hard.
Ryan was a victim of his circumstances, pulled into delinquency by his older brother. Though Kirsten is initially reluctant to accept the stray her do-gooder husband brings home, she caves. Because you just can't look at baby Ryan Atwood and not want to protect him. Look at that stifled joy on his face. He's so happy to be a part of this family that it actually hurts.
"You totally had my back."
Seth/Ryan is one of the finest bromances to ever be on television, and it all started right here. From day one, Ryan stands beside Seth, no questions asked.
The most dramatic New Year's Eve since Harry met Sally
Marissa never deserved Ryan. Admit that you silently cheered when she dropped out of our lives (and life in general) in season 3. But at least her budding friendship with Oliver (a serial killer in training if there every was one) inspired this grand, romantic gesture.
Ain't nobody messin' with my clique.
Violence isn't the answer, friends, but it is really freakin' hot. For a while there, we felt some serious (and seriously inappropriate) sexual tension between Ryan and Kirsten. And with him protecting her honor like that, can you really blame her?
Ryan hearts Taylor
Instead of having Ryan grieve for Marissa for the entirety of the show's last season, The O.C. stumbled upon its most perfect couple. (Bring it on, Team Seth/Summer.) Marissa was such a victim. It was a delight and a relief to see Ryan let loose with sexy weirdo Taylor. Related: Ben McKenzie gives a hell of a screen kiss.
Brandi opens the show welcoming everyone to her vagina. Thus continues this season’s tradition of Brandi being the only reason to tune in. Her lifelong friends gather at her house to help her with some sexy research for her new book.
Kyle and Carlton go shopping together, also a regular occurrence this season. Perfect setting for Carlton to delve deep into her disapproval of Kyle’s recent behavior. You know, there was that one time that Kyle asked Carlton if she was a witch. Then there was that other time that Kyle cut Carlton off mid-witch story ... and of course, who could forget when Kyle talked smack about Lisa’s nipple when Lisa wasn’t around to defend it. Thank God they got that off their size DD chests. Now they can be friends!
Unfold the backdrop of Palm Springs. Anyone who watches any Housewives show knows that nothing good, but almost everything entertaining, comes from the “trip” episode. The only thing hotter than the heat in Palm Springs was Brandi’s body as she slipped out of her clothes and hopped in the pool. Carlton followed and managed to keep some of that bronzed bordering on orange glow on her skin.The girls start to day drink, but the only one who seems to feel the effects of the alcohol is, you guessed it, Brandi. Soaking up the sun in the water, she calls Joyce black which threw everyone for a loop. Brandi continues to poke fun at Joyce repeatedly calling her Jacqueline, “because it sounds more Latina.”
Kyle tries to have a discussion with Yolanda over dinner. Nothing gets cleared up, or accomplished. Except that the girls continue to talk about high school like it was yesterday. To be continued...
Brandi sobers up and wants to do more than just make out with Carlton.
Kyle and her husband appear half-way through the show in a commercial for floss, because the only way to keep cavities away is to floss, twice a day!
Kim is still just as sober as she was five minutes ago.
Actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher has been handed the job of bringing Freddie Mercury back to life on the big screen in a new biopic starring Ben Whishaw as the tragic Queen rocker. Skyfall star Whishaw was tapped as the frontrunner to take over from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as the flamboyant frontman in October (13), and now his involvement has been confirmed by executives at production firm GK Films.
Sacha Baron Cohen quit the project in July (13), citing "creative differences".
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels actor Fletcher will helm the as-yet-untitled project after impressing movie bosses with his directorial debut, the critically-acclaimed Wild Bill, in 2011, and his subsequent Sunshine on Leith project, a film adaptation of the hit musical featuring the songs of The Proclaimers.
Surviving Queen members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon will serve as co-producers on the long-awaited Mercury film, which was originally scheduled for release in 2012.
Mercury died from an AIDS-related illness in 1991.
Brandi, Brandi, Brandi. She does it again. Sure, we’ll make those of you that haven’t been watching read through before we tell you, but trust us. It’s another good one.
Yolanda’s brother and mother visit from Holland. The reason? Her husband gets himself a real Hollywood star. Movie stars step aside, David Foster is moving in and moving up.
Kim’s daughter graduates high school but she’s still not old enough to decide what she wants to wear, so, shopping spree!
Kyle still doesn’t believe the rumors about her husband. Apparently neither does Lisa’s husband. Lisa is still smarter than the bunch, stating that you just never know. Apparently Carlton’s cat gets just as good treatment as she does, getting to enjoy the benefits of acupuncture.
In the dressing room during tonight’s show, Brandi admits to Lisa about her sordid (sigh) love affair with Carlton. The two have previously made out, in a hot tub nonetheless. Lisa, sticking to her good form asks, “Why would you do that?” The look on Lisa’s face is utter confusion. And as much as we are confused alongside Lisa we have a few guesses. Loneliness. Curiosity. Did we hear you say attention? Yea, we didn’t think so.
Kyle still doesn’t believe her husband cheated. And we still don’t care.
Lisa decides New York is the next best place to be and sends her husband to live there.
Brandi does something we claim to hate but secretly love.
Brandi starts the show less naked then last week, but still very sexy. Carlton and Brandi go shopping for lingerie. Carlton tries on a red corset number and we get a look at her bangin’ body that has somehow been hidden this entire season. Kim takes the girls to cirque school so they can bond, leave any and all drama outside, she begs! These are the Beverly Hills ladies though, so get real Kim, and step aside.
Last week Brandi was bullied by the paparazzi. Who, oddly enough call Brandi a bully for her behavior on last week’s episode. This is where the group splits. Lisa admits to flipping on sheets in the bedroom with her husband and Kyle only lets Carlton leap frog jump over her for fear of being stabbed with a stiletto. Not all the spinning on all the sheets in the world could clear up this problem. After Kim’s team building exercise the girls gather on a roof top bar where Brandi continues to dispel her anger and sadness over being called a bully by the paparazzi in front of her children.
Kyle claims that it was not her or her non-existent pr people that called her a bully, yet she refuses to tweet that she didn’t feel bullied by Brandi. Lisa then takes Brandi’s side, which leads to Joyce attempting to come to the aid of Kyle. Asking Lisa to leave the group so they can chat, she admits that not only her, but also Brandi AND Yolanda have been trash talking Lisa! The reason? Lisa waved away Joyce’s hair during a fix-my-weave party the girls had.
As if we couldn’t love Carlton anymore she tells Joyce (to her face!) that she is just being dramatic. Joyce doesn’t seem to know how to take this affront on her character, in the end chalking it up to PMS.
Kyle’s tweet never sent, Brandi continues bullying Kyle over sending the paparazzi after her and her children.
Carlton tries on a black corset-Brandi watches from a distance.
Kim and Joyce become best friends because they both think so much alike.
Rob Cohen, the action man behind Vin Diesel's hit blockbusters Xxx and The Fast & The Furious, has signed on to remake cult 1989 movie Road House, according to reports. The original starred Patrick Swayze as a bouncer attempting to clean up a corrupt small town, run by a businessman played by Ben Gazzara.
Actor Ethan Hawke has felt the wrath of America's theatre critics - they have savaged his turn as William Shakespeare's tragic king Macbeth on the New York stage. The Training Day star tackles the gruelling role in a new production at the Lincoln Center Theater, alongside James McAvoy's actress wife Anne-Marie Duff as his murderous queen, Lady Macbeth.
However, the show has opened to dire reviews following its press night on Thursday (21Nov13), with Hawke taking the brunt for his performance.
In the New York Times, critic Ben Brantley brands the play's three witches as the stars of the show, adding, "The production also features a lost soul named Ethan Hawke in the title role, but let's not distract ourselves from the main event."
Brantley also claims the audience struggled to hear a word Hawke said, writing, "He delivers Shakespeare's poetry like a moody, glue-sniffing teenager reciting Leonard Cohen lyrics to himself."
Elisabeth Vincentelli for the New York Post agrees, adding, "There's no getting around Hawke's underwhelming performance... It's almost enough to make you believe that the Scottish play really is cursed."
The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney writes that Hawke gives a "sauntering, strangely noncommittal performance" and only "intermittently gets his teeth into the tyrant".
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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The drama slowly (think molasses) unfolds in the 2nd episode of this season.
Yolanda has her pump removed from her body, which she considers a brave step towards her healing from Lyme disease. Lisa’s cameo on Dancing With The Stars gets almost as much attention as Taylor’s visit from Colorado. Kim’s dog attacks the trainer and even with her and her son’s best efforts, the dog doesn’t learn to sit on command.
Lisa decides she wants to start a gay club and call it "Pump." The discussion centers around urinals, where and how many. After more than a couple shots of can’t tell if they’re attractive or not construction workers tearing down the previous structure, it becomes clear this is the perfect location for a gay bar. Urinals or not.
The projected new favorite Carlton is much more active in this episode. Her husband had their daughter -- Mysteri, Destini, or Cross, who can be sure with those names -- running through a swing set for exercise. It becomes clear when she attends Kyle’s lunch that Carlton should have been at Lisa’s. There was no bee killing, breast milk leaking, or boring ‘how we met’ stories at Lisa’s lunch. Just good old-fashioned gossip.
Brandi’s incredibly normal-looking mother helps her move into her new house, because as Brandi eloquently states, when people say they can help you move, well they can’t. She insists her mother cash her paychecks even though Mom and Dad are doing more then fine with their finances.
Kyle and Lisa are still friends, the past is the past and that’s where they have left everything. Kyle’s such a dear friend to Lisa that when she faints on Dancing With The Stars, instead of concern, she does a reenactment with Kim, who has clearly had more practice fake fainting then Lisa.
Kyle and Lisa maintain their healthy best friendship.
Carlton moves to Lisa, Brandi, and Yolanda side.
Kim fake faints when her dog barks at her coming through the door, 5 minute dog licking scene ensues.
Joyce, sitting alone in Kyle’s backyard, still gushing about ‘mercy makeup’ and the man of her dreams.